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My Story - U-Boat Hunter Peter Rogers HMS Arum 1939 - 1945 (My Story)
My Story - U-Boat Hunter Peter Rogers HMS Arum 1939 - 1945 (My Story)
by Peter Rogers
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Get real, 20 Nov 2012
This was an aweful book which cobbled together bits of thestory of the Battle of the Atlantic and twisted them into the story of one fictional underage recruit. It was so unrealistic as to be sickening. If you want to know about the Battle of the Atlantic read the real story not a trashy novel like this.


Wrns: A History of the Women's Royal Naval Service
Wrns: A History of the Women's Royal Naval Service
by Commandant M. H. Fletcher
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 23 Oct 2012
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For those who know little or nothing about the WRNS this book may suit, but whilst it illustrates the breadth of employment during WW2 I could only describe it as shallow. The section seems to consist mainly of articulating the different trades on which WRNS were employed, with reminiscences of a relatively small number of individuals. I would not say that it did justice to the significant contribution WRNS surely made.


The God Who Is There
The God Who Is There

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide spectrum, 5 July 2012
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This review is from: The God Who Is There (DVD-ROM)
As a long-standing Christian I was delighted with these DVDs. Whilst effectively an introduction to the Bible for non-Christians, there was also sufficient material to challenge the Christian with a good knowledge of the Bible. The pictures in the background while Don is speaking are a bit odd, but you get used to them. The sessions vary somewhat in length, but they leave you wanting more. But with about 12hours of material this is good value for money, particularly when you consider quality of the teaching.


The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War: An Operational History of the American-Built Destroyer Escorts Serving Under the White Ensign from
The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War: An Operational History of the American-Built Destroyer Escorts Serving Under the White Ensign from
by Donald Collingwood
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could we do it again!, 15 July 2011
Yes, I know that these were built by the Americans, but we built the Loch/Bay class, starting to use the same principles. But the Americans achieved some very short times on the production of these destroyer escorts. The book is an interesting insight to these vessels delivered to the Royal Navy. It records their achievements and the tragedies, as well as some humourous aspects of their careers. Effectively the US delivered us a whole fleet of ships in a matter of months. But it is true that it takes months to build a ship but hundreds of years to build a Navy. Delivering these ships to the RN started to show the stretch experienced later in the war. Could we build ships that fast these days? Could we man them if required? Hopefully we would find better weapons than the 3" gun these ships had. It is quite a thought provoking book if you think about the speed with with the world changes these days. Would we ever need to build a fleet that fast again?


The Fighting Commodores: Convoy Commanders in the Second World War
The Fighting Commodores: Convoy Commanders in the Second World War
by Alan Burn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New edition needed, 28 Jun 2011
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This is quite a good book, but sadly it is let down by a number of errors. The book states quite clearly that it is from the rough manuscript produced by Alan Burn after he had been taken seriously ill. Had a little bit more thought and care gone into it by the publishers some of the errors would have been easy to eliminate. For example, B17 Flying Fortresses were involved in the Battle of the Atlantic but the big pressure was for B24 Liberators (not for B24 Flying Fortresses). My copy is a cheap ex-library copy where someone has kindly corrected the grammatical errors. If you can overlook these things then the book is helpful in throwing light on the problems of the convoy commodores both in the Artic and Atlantic as well as off the East Coast. There are some short biographical sections for these grand old men of the sea, but also some broader brush sections dealing with the problems of the merchant navy, manning ships, the growth of the RCN, Liberty ships and other general sections providing an overview of the Battle. Whilst the Convoy Commodores thus provides a main theme, the book is much broader than the title suggests. However, if a new edition were produced that corrects some of the raw errors then it would be much better.


Destroyer Captain
Destroyer Captain
by Roger Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curious, 14 Jun 2011
This review is from: Destroyer Captain (Paperback)
I don't quite know what to make of this book. It was an interesting read, but I'm not sure what the motivation for writing it was. To me the story of the destruction of the Charybdis epitomises the dilemma. It can be hard to be proved right in the face of official opposition, and unpopular too. I can therefore imagine that some would find this story embarrassing while others would be likely to dismiss it as a one sided view. Even the account of the stress he was under at times to me did not seem to balance perspectives. It would be interesting to find other first-hand accounts of some of the key incidents.


Epics of Salvage, etc (Corgi Books. no. S164.)
Epics of Salvage, etc (Corgi Books. no. S164.)
by David Masters
Edition: Unknown Binding

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag, 1 Jun 2011
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There was a mixed bag of stories in this book. Some interesting items on World War 2 from different theatres. But there were also some non-military salvage operations covered, including one of a mineral dredger. As these were all written as separate stories I found that it got a little boring after a while as there was no real story line running from beginning to end. Similar issues and themes came out from the stories, but there was no real conclusion or clear picture on the development of marine salvage.


H. M. S. Wellington: One ship's war
H. M. S. Wellington: One ship's war
by G. J Williams
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One ship's war and a girl in every port!, 28 May 2011
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This is one of the best "lower deck" accounts of life during the Battle of the Atlantic that I have come across. Unfortunately it suffers from a number of problems. A little bit of basic research would have avoided some of the silly errors that exist. There is really only one date, so there is little timeframe on any of this narrative. A simple guide to "Jackspeak" would be helpful to those not familiar with some of the terms used; although these do add credibility to the tale. Whilst "Jack" may have a girl in every port, it adds nothing to the story to tell us what happened in the back alley. Williams left the ship before the end of the war, so you don't get the full account of the war history of HMS WELLINGTON. But if you take it all with a good pinch of salt then you have a useful narrative, albeit one published 50 years on.


Doing A Great Work: Ezra and Nehemiah Simply Explained (Welwyn Commentary)
Doing A Great Work: Ezra and Nehemiah Simply Explained (Welwyn Commentary)
by Stan Evers
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership at its best, 19 May 2011
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I've been using this book alongside Warren Wiersbe's "Be Determined" and Raymond Brown's BST "The Message of Nehemiah". Three very contrasting styles, each drawing out different points. I've been really helped by these three books to understand Nehemiah in a way that I hadn't before, despite having read Nehemiah several times, and heard sermons on it many times over the years. Stan Ever's book is easy to read and gives a good insight into Nehemiah. Brown's is a deeper read and Wirsbe has some very thought provoking comments. I would recommend each one, but better still all three together.


War at Sea 1939-45: Defensive v. 1 (Official History of the Second World War)
War at Sea 1939-45: Defensive v. 1 (Official History of the Second World War)
by S.W. Roskill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 32.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overview, but overlook one or two distractions, 19 May 2011
This was a good overview of the war at sea, but I found that sometimes it spent more time than I wanted on the US actions. However, I really valued this series of books and learnt a lot from them. In this reprint edition, the reproduction of the maps is very poor. The originals appear to have been done in colour and these black and white versions mean that the old colour lines are faint or missing. As reproductions you will also find the odd hand-written correction. These issues disract somewhat from what are very significant historical narratives. However, for the student of naval warfare they are a "must have".
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